Due to the lack of awareness and damaging stigma attached to mental health I wanted to start a blog where people can reach out and share their stories, a safe place to talk and/or ask for help anonymously. I’m a person with lived experience and I know what it feels like to have lost all hope, feel alone, and that no one understands, not to mention the judgement and isolation that comes with having a mental health illness. There was a time in my life when I lost all hope and felt so alone that I couldn’t handle the pain. I describe the pain as if I was on the top of a burning building with no way out and I only had two options–do I stay and burn to my death or do I jump?!

I know the pain and suffering all to well that it almost ended my life many times. The bravest thing I have ever done is be alive today!….To share my story, reach out to others, and to let people know “You Are Not Alone”.  Help is possible. I am a Peer who understands the pain, desperation, shame, helplessness, hopelessness, and fear from stigma and judgment. I’m  a passionate advocate and independent Peer Specialist Crisis and Community Contact. I’m also a Independent Community Contact that NAMI Virginia knows and trusts to refer callers to who are in need of empathy, support,  resources, referrals, and local guidance for the NRV (New River Valley). I will help the best way I know possible and in a way that best fits each individual’s needs. The first step to change is wanting it. Let’s keep talking, don’t hold it in anymore. I promise You Are Not Alone! Mental health does not have a zip code, nor does it discriminate!

If you or someone you know needs help or someone to talk to please call me:
NewRiver Lifeline (540) 641 1617
If you or someone you know feels hopeless or like they have no reason to live, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for help and support.
 You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area.
The National Crisis Hotline: (877) 235-4525
Or 911 in case of an emergency

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  1. Almost all of whatever you articulate is supprisingly accurate and it makes me ponder why I had not looked at this with this light previously. Your piece truly did switch the light on for me as far as this particular issue goes. Nonetheless there is just one position I am not too comfortable with so while I make an effort to reconcile that with the central idea of your position, permit me observe just what the rest of your subscribers have to say.Very well done.

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  2. I do trust all of the ideas you’ve introduced on your post.
    They are really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too brief for novices.
    Could you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time?

    Thank you for the post.

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    • right custom wheels, thank you for your comment. I started this website at the same time I was in the process of completing a startup non profit. Unfortunately I had a Traumatic Brain Injury June 21, 2015 which has affected how much I’m able to do. My main focuses right now are taking crisis calls and helping people who ask for my help, something I offer 24/7 days a week. I am also preparing for Virginia’s General Assembly, my speech for the budget hearing on January 7th and then I’m advocating, talking to legislators and working with NAMI and VOCAL in Richmond the week of January 25th -29th. Our governor proposed a budget for mental health services and I have a lot to prepare for before I go, which is why my posts are brief for now. I like to keep people who follow me informed about what I’m doing and I welcome feedback from all. It’s been a struggle dealing with the brain injury but I really do appreciate your comment and I want you to know I am very passionate about mental health, helping others, and making changes starting in Virginia

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  3. Thanks you for for sharing your very personal story. You are exactly right, feeling alone like no one understands it’s such an unbearable feeling! Just knowing there’s people out there who were on the verge of death yet fought for their life and and niw to see how far you’ve cone gives me hope. Too often people loose hope, when it’s right around the corner. I wish you the best of luck, I know you will do great amazing things! The lives you save, give hope, to the hardships families won’t have to suffer, and the life’s you have and will continue to save. Hope! Knowing you are not alone is the best gift anyone could ever recieve..💜💖👏👍

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    • Zoe, first I want to say thank you for your kind words! You’re so right, knowing you are not alone is the best gift anyone could receive. Comments like this one also helps people in regaining hope, not feeling alone!


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